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  • Carers Allowance and Health Care Card for people under 16 years of age.

    The Carers Allowance is an additional benefit to the Health Care Card provided by the Commonwealth Government. A submission may be made to obtain the Carers Allowance from Centrelink. It is means tested and families who meet residency requirements are eligible if the family household income in lesser then $250, 000. It is only available for children up to age 16 year of age.

    Applications for the Carers Allowance are made through Centrelink. Eligibility for the Carers Allowance is determined on criteria based on the medical report that can be signed by the Treating Doctor, Credentialed Diabetes Nurse Educator or your local GP.

    To apply for the carers allowance:

    • Please call Centrelink on 13 27 17 and request an application for carers allowance and a health care card. These forms are not available online.
    • Centrelink will then post out the appropriate forms including a medical form.
    • Please sign the front of the medical form before sending this into you Diabetes Nurse Educator or giving it to your doctor.

    Please send forms to :

    [Your diabetes nurse educator]
    Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes
    The Royal Children’s Hospital
    Level 5
    50 Flemington Road
    Parkville, 3052

    Once completed it can be returned to you to submit with all the forms or if all forms are sent in we can submit it on your behalf to Centrelink. The process to claim takes about 4-6 weeks.

    Centrelink reviews all payments when your child turns 16 years old. Carers allowance is ceased at this point.  If you are a previous recipient of carers allowance and cared for child with type 1 diabetes before they turned 16 years of age you will be eligible to apply for a  ‘health care card for former recipient of carers allowance health care card’. Centrelink will sometimes advise you that you need to complete documentation, otherwise you will need to contact Centrelink regarding applying for ‘health care card for former recipient of carers allowance health care card.’

    Further information about the Health Care Card can be obtained from any Centrelink office, by accessing www.centrelink.gov.au or by calling 13 27 17.